It is hard to imagine a music industry without a microphone. For its comfortable use during performances and other events use holders. Universal fasteners can be found everywhere: in conference rooms, in broadcasting, in studios, on stages and other venues. There are also special racks that are more common in recording studios. Let's talk about both.
Each type of microphone holder has its own characteristics, as it is designed for specific tasks. Some are designed to free hands, others - to damp vibrations and noises. There are fasteners designed to make the microphone installation less noticeable.
For example, the so-called “buttonhole” is attached with a special clothespin to clothes. Such a simple device allows you to attach a microphone to clothes so that it is less visible, without compromising sound transmission. You can also attach a microphone to a musical instrument.
You should pay attention: often clothespins are equipped with teeth that can scratch the tool. Also, the lapel microphone can be attached to clothes with a simpler version of the clothespin - a clip.
The head holders are a bracket on which the cable and microphone are mounted on a flexible wire. This option allows you to fix the equipment on the head, without spoiling the hairstyle for the host of the TV show or concert, skipping the brace under the hair on the back of the head. Free hands give a lot of advantages: working at a computer, holding a tablet or gesturing.
Universal desktop holders allow you to fix a microphone of any kind, successfully dampen vibration and free up the user's hands. In the professional field, such fasteners are used in television studios and broadcasting studios. Leading blogs and channels on the Internet also actively use such coasters, having appreciated all the advantages. Typically, a studio condenser microphone is mounted on such a fixture in a spider-type holder.
The latter is two frames located one in the other. The inner frame is suspended on elastic bands. This allows you to isolate the studio microphone from extraneous vibrations, effectively dampens them. In conjunction with the pop filter, it produces excellent sound, acceptable for broadcasts and voice acting.
A kind of desktop holder can be considered fasteners with flexible wire . Such can be seen in conference rooms or reception rooms. The flexible wire allows you not only to free your hands, but also to adjust the microphone for yourself simply and quickly. The sound quality does not change.
Racks are very popular due to their versatility and low price. They are tubular structures of various configurations. There are two main types: floor and table models.
About desktop samples have already been said above. Such stands are used not only in broadcasting and sound recording studios - they can also be seen by reporters during interviews.
Floor racks come in two main types: vertical and crane. Both of these are used mainly on stages or in stands, at venues where mass events or performances are held, for karaoke. "Crane" is a vertical stand with a swivel section and a head-mount for the microphone.
This option is more universal than a simple vertical stand: it is faster and easier to adjust the height to the height of a soloist or speaker, as well as it is convenient to voice musicians and musical instruments in various positions. On racks the microphone cable is fixed with special clips.
Mounting to the camera is carried out using two main types of fasteners: Bracket or Shape . Bracket is a bracket that can be mounted in a tripod socket. Shape - an open frame to which you can attach additional equipment (microphone or light). Also on sale you can find a lot of universal fasteners that allow you to mount the microphone on the camera, including shock absorbers.
How to choose?
The choice of mount depends on many conditions: on the type of microphone, on the nature of the work, on price and quality. Each fixture is designed for its tasks and should be used as intended.
First of all, you need to pay attention to the type of microphone and get acquainted with all the fasteners that are designed for it. For example, for an ordinary vocal microphone, a shock-absorbing mount is useless. Then you need to determine the nature of the work: if the microphone is mainly used in the studio at the table, a desk stand with a shock-absorbing holder is what you need.
Parameters such as price and quality play an important role. There is no point in overpaying for a brand if the “without a name” rack can perfectly perform the same functions. It is important to pay attention to the quality of plastic and movable joints, if any. Mobile joints are vulnerable, especially if the quality of the plastic is poor.
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